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Old 10-23-2020, 04:04 AM   #1
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Gfi problems

We got evacuated to day from Estes Park, Co. Parked our Endurance on a friends farm hooked to 110. Had tv and lights on. Must have been too much. Seemed like we blew fuse. Flipped all breakers. Did gfi outlet in bathroom. Still no power. Please any suggestions would be helpful
Is there another gfi switch anywhere? Thank you. Tired and weary Gregg and Sandy.
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Old 10-23-2020, 08:51 AM   #2
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Did you check the breaker on the electric your trailer is plugged into at your friendís place?
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Old 10-23-2020, 08:00 PM   #3
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dsol has it pegged. Check shore power. It is unlikely any other breakers or GFI in TT have tripped.

You probably have a 50 amp 240 volt service in your 5th wheel. What do you have it plugged into. A 15 amp home outlet will be easily overloaded unless you practice sever power management.

Electric water heating or electric refrigerator are off limits. Use propane.

A big battery charger working hard and a microwave at the same time will trip the shore circuit breaker. Air conditioning with anything else at the same time is off limits.

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GFI refers to "Ground Fault Interrupter". It trips when even tiny stray currents are detected.
Circuit Breakers trips when current exceeds circuit breaker rating.
Fuses are similar to Circuit Breakers. They blow out when current exceeds rating.
There are circuit breakers with built in GFI. They will trip when either stray current or high current is present.

I wish you good luck and happy trails ahead!
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Old 10-23-2020, 11:33 PM   #4
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What RV do you have. Just plugging into 110 may not be enough info. 20 amp~30 amp~50 amp? What do you have on for usage?
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Old 10-24-2020, 03:19 AM   #5
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RV's do not have 240 volt service. None of them. That is bad info. They are twin 110/120 volt 50 amp circuits.
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Old 10-24-2020, 05:22 PM   #6
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Thank you all

Yep. Thank you all. It was Shore power issue. Ended up our farmer friend had timers on, so for now all good. I appreciate so much all your help. If anyone out there believes in prayers..please pray for all the first responders and all the volunteers, contractors with all their big equipment trying to hold a line in Estes Park fires. We pray they all stay safe as they protect our community. We are so grateful to them all.
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Old 10-25-2020, 03:30 AM   #7
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Gregg/ Sandy we hope all works out for you both and all your neighbors. Hopefully a little moisture/snow tomorrow will help a lot!
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Old 10-28-2020, 11:28 PM   #8
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My trailer has 230 volts going to lt.

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RV's do not have 240 volt service. None of them. That is bad info. They are twin 110/120 volt 50 amp circuits.
I have a 50 amp 230 volt circuit going to my trailer. The generator has two 120 volt legs.
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Old 10-29-2020, 04:56 AM   #9
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split phase

50A RVs are wired similar to many houses. The circuit breaker panel splits the coach into two separate 120V circuits. If the shore power or genny is split phase capable, then the two 120V circuits are configured out of phase to each other by 180 degrees. If you were to connect a 240V appliance across that, it would work the same way it does in your house.

If you are using an adaptor to 30A or single phase, then the adaptor connects both sides of the 50A circuit breaker together. If you did have a 240V appliance in your coach, it wouldn't work. Otherwise, everything works fine.
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Old 10-29-2020, 05:21 AM   #10
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50 amp recetacal

So if a guy installs a receptacle at his house he should wire it for 50amps 230 volts.
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Old 10-29-2020, 04:02 PM   #11
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split phase

I'm not sure exactly what you are asking, so I'll give a couple of possible scenarios...
1) It you are trying to duplicate the 50A service at an RV park pedestal, then you need a split phase, 50A circuit. Each leg of the split phase is 50A, so I suppose you could say you need 100A. However, there are not many RVs that actually use the 50A split phase as split phase, in other words, they only have 120V appliances, not 240V appliances. But large RVs with multiple A/C units could use more than 50A, so they do need both legs, even though everything is only 120V
2) If you don't need the power of a full 50A service, then the 50A to 30A adaptor connects both L1 and L2 of the RV together in the adaptor. If 30A is enough for you, then you only need a single 30A service.
3) If you are just trying to keep the battery charged and the lights and fridge on, then a regular 15A outlet is sufficient.

By the way, the USA used 110V (220V split phase) back in the 40's, 115V (230V split phase) went obsolete in the 60's and was replaced by the 120V (240V split phase) that we use today.
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Old 10-29-2020, 08:38 PM   #12
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I'm just trying to clarify the information. I've been a electrical contractor for over 30 years. If you plug into a 50 amp 230 volt 0r 208 volt circuit it better be a split system as you call it. If you put 2 50amp circuits of the same phase into your rig, you could put 100 amps on the neutral. The neutral is rated at 50 amps. You could have a problem also the neutral isn't protected thus leading to a fire. If you have two 50amp circuits on split phases this is called a 50 amp service or circuit you don't add the two together. I hope nobody lets somebody not qualified to do electrical work on their rig.
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Old 10-30-2020, 03:04 PM   #13
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Like everyone has said, an RV uses TWO 120 V separate circuits. you can probably use a QO250 if your rv is a 50 amp input with a four wire connector. Normally, if you only have ONE AC, you would connect to only one circuit in the RV. The second AC would connect to the second circuit.
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Old 10-31-2020, 04:30 AM   #14
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My V3605 has a 15 amp breaker that feeds all the outlets. Mine is labeled GF!, We tripped ours a couple of times this weekend when running an electric heater in the garage when it was -13.

Just an idea.
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